LOOKBOOK MODERN TRAINING ROOM FURNITURE
Often underestimated and overlooked, the Modern Training Room is constantly evolving to accommodate multiple purposes, serving as one of the office’s most important spaces.
RISE OF THE MODERN TRAINING ROOM
Training rooms have been here almost as early as companies themselves. Office training rooms were traditionally built for one purpose only: to teach employees about new skills and information relevant to their company’s work. However, today’s modern training room is no longer just that, bust so much more. It has outgrown and evolved into a multi-purpose area that can serve as a touchdown space for team projects; a meeting area for interviews; or even an interactive spot for others to share ideas and build connections. Having multi-purpose training areas benefit the company in many ways, especially in cutting the cost of building separate environments for different intentions.
LISTEN & LEARN
Well-equipped lecterns are key for a presenter to communicate effectively & efficiently.
With this newfound adaptability of the modern training room, there is bound to be some overlap in other spaces. One example is the major intersection between training and conference rooms. Conference rooms and training rooms tend to overlap because they share many similarities. Ultimately, they are a place for people to come together to discuss a topic. Because of this, some training rooms can double as a conference area. Not only are the wide spaces suitable for a large amount of people, but the technological capabilities of training spaces also fit meeting purposes. Whether you needed to hold an online meeting or project a PowerPoint presentation, training environments could do it all. But there is a core difference between the two: conference rooms are made with the intention for a group of people to talk about a subject of common interest. Training rooms are meant to be used for instructional events where experts teach and share information through a lecture or discussion.
MODERN TRAINING ROOM MUST-HAVES
Choose training room chairs that are light, comfortable, easy to move and easy to store.
Conference rooms aren’t the only place our modern training spaces have overlapped into. Lounge areas are also being repurposed. The recent resimercial trend has people reaching for the comforts of home to be brought into the workplace. Training room chairs are specified to prioritize all-day use and superior comfort. If there is comfortable padding and advanced seating technology that offers lumbar support, even couches can be found in training areas.
CONNECT & COMMUNICATE
Training rooms that double as a conference or meeting area help to maximize space, minimize costs and promote office flexibility.
OFFICE TRAINING ESSENTIALS
Empower your team with office training room essentials like fold-top tables, privacy screens and white boards, all on wheels for easy portability and storage.
FORMATIONS & CONFIGURATIONS
As with everything, training rooms have a few tried and true general table layouts to maximize learning efficiency. The big three are the classroom, seminar, and U-shaped layouts.
The Classroom Layout is the one most reminiscent of the typical classroom setup. It consists of rows of desks facing the speaker. This table layout is preferable for one-way communication and has the bonus of being organized. On the downside, it does not promote interactivity because you’re mainly listening to someone else talk.
The Seminar Layout is similar to the classroom setting, but the chair positions are more slanted to create a center cone between. This gap has the advantage of letting trainers move around easily and encourages interaction with the audience.
ADAPTIBILITY & FLEXIBILITY
Set up training spaces to be easily put together and taken apart for maximum adaptability and flexibility.
FLEXING THE MODERN TRAINING ROOM MUSCLE
Lastly, the U-shaped Layout is the one that allows for the most interaction because it promotes eye contact and an unobstructed passage for teachers. This arrangement does best for any training that includes demonstrations and group discussions in a formal setting.
While classroom, seminar, and U-shaped layouts are common and come with their own advantages and disadvantages, it is important to note that the modern training room should offer a lot more flexibility and that these guidelines do not necessarily need to be strictly followed.
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Mobile tables can serve individually as personal workstations or nest together for team collaborations.
MODERN PROBLEMS, MODERN SOLUTIONS
Traditional office training room design had one major problem, and that was the fact that training rooms were essentially classrooms. As classrooms are associated with school, it was perceived as uninteresting by the employees. In response to this dilemma, as well as a reaction to the pandemic and evolving workplace, it was decided that we need to design our learning spaces to accommodate a more dynamic, hands-on approach to make training more efficient. We need to emphasize flexibility.
DESIGN OUTSIDE THE BOX
Break away from the mold and create training spaces that are engaging, interactive and fun.
THE MODERN TRAINING ROOM REMASTERED
Modern Training Room design depends on many aspects. For one, who is the audience? Depending on how many employees you plan to train, you must make sure the space is large enough. Not only that, but the best office training room design is HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) sufficient and has additional space for wheelchairs, equipment, and more to ensure that the space can accommodate all employees comfortably. It is recommended to have 15-17 square feet per participant and at least 10-ft ceilings to augment the use of visual aids and clear acoustics.
Flooring is another important aspect. With respect to the importance of cancelling noise while training, low-pile commercial carpeting—flooring with short fibers that look and feel flat and dense—are preferable because they are also useful in improving acoustics and muffling noise from foot traffic. Equally important: they are easy to clean and are durable.
ADDRESS YOUR AUDIENCE
Keep your employees’ needs in mind and choose training room furniture best suited for them.
TECH TOOLS OF THE TRADE
Lighting can add to the flexible dynamic of the room. Ambient light is best in this case as it eliminates glare on screen surfaces and makes the speakers’ faces look softer, as opposed to direct light, which makes them appear gaunt. Wide windows offer the best general lighting, but be sure to have drapes or blinds for presentations. Lighting should also be easily preprogrammed or dimmed.
Technology is the most important feature of the training room. As the new generation comes into the work force, there is an increasing reliance on technology for ease of use. With multiple lesson styles for a more dynamic teaching approach, the room must have many different tools such as: white boards, a ceiling mounted projector with remote, large-format screen, speakers, wireless microphones, and a lectern from which all this can be easily managed. These screens should have an interactive display to ensure that everyone can see what is being presented and increase collaborative learning. High-quality speakers are crucial as training furniture because if training participants can’t see or hear what is being said, they won’t learn.
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KEEP YOUR MODERN TRAINING ROOM FLEXIBLE
The world only moves forward, and the workplace must follow that. As trends come and go and significant events like the pandemic change our understanding of how the office works, we have to adapt to new situations. Following the challenges of traditional training spaces, the newest solution is flexibility. Design your training rooms to accommodate the ever-changing office with multi-purpose furniture and technology.
MODERN TRAINING ROOM DESIGN IDEAS & FURNITURE RESOURCES
A Special Thanks to our Commercial Office Furniture Partners: AIS, Arcadia Contract, DARREN, Enwork, ERG International, Global, HAT Collective, HON, KFI Studios, Koncept Lighting, Nucraft, OFS Brands, Rouillard, Senator Group & Snowsound